A 17-year-old was shot three times and killed by a police officer in Pennsylvania while running away from a car that was pulled over in connection to a reported shooting in the area on Tuesday, officials said.
Officers from Allegheny County Police Department responded to multiple 911 calls around 8.20 p.m. reporting that a man had been shot in North Braddock, located just outside of Pittsburgh.
Police found a 22-year-old gunshot victim, who later was rushed to a hospital and subsequently released.
When the officer took the driver out of the car and handcuffed him, two passengers ran from the vehicle, at which point one of them, 17-year-old Antwon Rose, was shot dead by police.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, ACPD Superintendent Coleman McDonough said: “An investigation revealed that the shooter fired nine .40 caliber rounds at the victim from a passing vehicle. The victim also returned fire at the vehicle.”
He also revealed two firearms were recovered from the suspect’s vehicle.
When McDonough was asked if Rose had been shot in the back, he responded that the teen was shot in “various places on his body,” adding that the medical examiner would release further information.
“I understand in today’s atmosphere anytime a young man is killed there’s cause for outrage in some areas,” he said. “However, I would urge people to give us time to conduct an objective investigation, to gather facts.”
Dramatic video captured by an eyewitness shows the two passengers suddenly bolting from the vehicle and police shooting after them. One of the two can be seen falling to the ground.